Having said that there were a couple of criteria for an Evernote replacement in my books.
- The application had to exist on both MacOS and iOS platforms if not Windows as well.
- The application had to sync between all platforms seamlessly and reliably.
- The application had to allow attachment to notes in the form of emails, PDFs and zip files.
Bear is a pretty fully featured replacement that I’ve been trying out over the last couple of weeks now. There are a good many good points and a few areas that could use some improvement over the next couple of versions.
So the application is oriented around tags which are created by entering a hashtag (or octothorp) anywhere in the body of the note like this:
#note_tag. A listing of the tags is presented in the left pane of the default view so as to serve as a way of organizing your notes. The other plus for Bear is that it’s a pretty good markdown editor with rich text preview in-line.
Bear handles just about everything I’ve listed above and then some. The application is free its a subscription for roughly $1.50/month or $15.00/year to unlock their pro features. The pro features are:
- CloudKit synchronization
- Themes for the application
- Rich export options (docx, pdf, jpg, text bundle, markdown etc)
I would like to see the ability to import a file (or text) into Bear from an iOS share sheet or, even better, via a dedicated email address. I am fully aware that it may not be possible or that it may be a feature that would increase the cost of the subscription but it’s something that I would be willing to pay a little more for and I can’t be the only one.
Bear is a pretty good application if you’re looking for a replacement for Apple Notes and/or Evernote. It’s free so you should give it a shot - the subscription is fairly cheap and they offer a free month so it’s worth while.